Thirty-Six Veterinary Students Rewarded for Leadership, Commitment to Equine Medicine

Veterinarian examining a horse's mouth.
Veterinarian examining a horse's mouth. Melinda Nagy

Newsdate: Friday, May 10, 2019, 10:00 am
Location: LEXINGTON, Kentucky

Thirty-six veterinary students preparing for careers in equine medicine have received a combined $54,000 in financial support through the 2019 Winner’s Circle Scholarship Program, co-sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) Foundation, Platinum Performance and The Race For Education.

Veterinary student caring for horse.

Veterinary student caring for horse

Since its establishment in 2008, the Winner's Circle Scholarship Program has provided more than $1.5 million in scholarships to 384 veterinary students.
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The Winner’s Circle scholarships, managed by The Race For Education, help ease the financial burden of a veterinary education by providing an opportunity for third- and fourth-year veterinary students to earn $1,500 scholarships. Students are selected for scholarships based on their leadership roles and dedication to a future in equine healthcare.

Since its establishment in 2008, the Winner’s Circle Scholarship Program has provided more than $1.5 million in scholarships to 384 veterinary students.

“The cost of veterinary school continues to present challenges to talented students who have the passion for and endeavor to enter the equine veterinary profession,” said Dr. Richard Mitchell, AAEP Foundation Advisory Council chairman. “We are grateful to all of our donors and especially thank our partners The Race For Education and Platinum Performance for their 12 years of support for future equine practitioners.”

Congratulations to the following 2019 recipients:

  • Lindsey Arthur, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Kalie Beckers, Louisiana State University
  • Megan Calitri, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Katie Clark, Tufts University
  • Amelie Croteau, University of Montreal
  • Alexis Daggett, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Kaitlyn Denney, Michigan State University
  • Samantha Frable, North Carolina State University
  • Sarah Freeman, University of California, Davis
  • Meredith Frey, Colorado State University
  • Stephanie Grissom, Texas A&M University
  • Allison Hale, Washington State University
  • Caitlyn Henderson, Texas A&M University
  • Lindsay Jennifer Hilburger, Cornell University
  • Kimberly Hildreth, University of Pennsylvania
  • Danielle Howard, Lincoln Memorial University
  • Danielle Keating, Purdue University
  • Camille MacDermott, Western University
  • Kelly Manion, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Amy Narotsky, University of Illinois
  • Kelsey Palsgaard, University of California, Davis
  • Hannah Pope, University of Calgary
  • Jaret Pullen, Cornell University
  • Sarah Randell, University of Florida
  • Kathryn Ritenour, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Kalli Rocha, Oregon State University
  • Jaclyn Schutt, Midwestern University
  • Cara Spirazza, Tuskegee University
  • Emma Stapley, Michigan State University
  • Meagan Thomason, University of Georgia
  • Mikala Vig, Midwestern University
  • Haydan Vosburgh, Kansas State University
  • Alexandra Warren, University of Saskatchewan
  • Amanda Wilson, Iowa State University
  • Dalen Wood, Washington State University
  • Chelsea Zobrist, University of Missouri

About AAEP Foundation

The AAEP Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1994, serves as the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners to improve the welfare of horses. Since its inception, the Foundation has disbursed more than $5.4 million to fulfill its vital mission. For more information, visit

About The Race For Education

Since its’ inception in 2002, The Race For Education has delivered more than $6 million in scholarships and educational programs. Through academic development programs, tutoring, internships, financial literacy training and scholarships; The Race For Education provides opportunities for educational success for young people with significant financial need and academic challenges. The goal is to ensure our young people become successful in life and assets to their community. For additional information about The Race For Education, visit

About Platinum Performance
Platinum Performance® believes in the power of nutrition and supplementation and remains committed to providing formulas that produce superior results in the horse. Over the past several decades, Platinum has continued to research the role of nutrition with regards to wellness and performance and is committed to providing equine veterinarians, horse owners and trainers the nutritional tools they need to benefit from cutting edge equine nutrition. Horse Health is the Platinum Performance Mission and we look forward to helping you NOURISH YOUR PASSION. Find more at

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